Professors Ford and Gilinsky Honored for Excellence in Scholarship

gilinsky_ford.pngDr. Ben Ford (mathematics) and Dr. Armand Gilinsky (business) have been named recipients of the 2013 Bernie & Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and research.

This award honors faculty with a strong commitment to the teacher-scholar model. It recognizes the important connection between faculty professional development and enriched learning environments for students.

Each recipient will receive $1,500 to support his ongoing scholarship efforts. Gilinsky and Ford will be formally recognized at the annual Exposition of Faculty Research event that on March 27 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Commons.

The list of scholarly achievements for Gilinsky and Ford are impressive. Each is highly regarded by their peers and both have received multiple external grant awards.

Gilinsky and Ford have also provided undergraduate research opportunities to many SSU students over the years.

Both professors have made significant contributions to their respective fields of research and to the local community and their campus through their teaching, research publishing, and through various grants and lectures.

Dr. Ben Ford came to SSU in 1998 and holds several degrees in mathematics including his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research is in the area of representation theory of groups, specifically in the modular representation theory of algebraic and finite symmetric groups and has appeared in over 12 publications in the field of mathematics.

"The combination of quality, impact and breadth in Dr. Ford's work is unparalleled," said one of his colleagues.

Ford's interest in mathematics varies from his primary research to other aspects such as the application of mathematics in other fields. He has spoken on the mathematics of protein folding, traffic jams, and language. He has had 39 invited speaking engagements throughout the nation to tackle these and other subjects related to his field.

Ford was also recognized as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow from 1996-1998.

Since Joining the Sonoma State Faculty, he has received more than $9 million in overall grant funding. He has also served on numerous committees in mathematics and curriculum development, including serving as Chair of the SSU Faculty during 2011-2012.

In the classroom, Ford "never takes credit for his students' achievements, even when he left them a very clear trail of breadcrumbs to follow," said another colleague.

When he is not teaching, he works alongside members of the Sonoma County Office of Education as a mathematics liaison to help K-12 educators throughout the county improve how they approach the subject of mathematics.

"Ben makes the whole mathematics community stronger. He leads by making other leaders as well," observed a math colleague.

Dr. Armand Gilinsky joined the Sonoma State faculty in 1994. Before receiving his doctorate in business with an emphasis in policy from Brunel University of London, he received an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University and degrees in educational administration and policy analysis as well as English from Stanford University.

Currently a professor of business at SSU, Gilinsky has served as Director of SSU's Entrepreneurship Center, Wine Business Program, and Small Business Institute. Since 2009 he has been involved with the Educational Policy Committee; serving as chair for the past two years.

Throughout his career, Gilinsky has contributed to ten refereed journal articles such as the Journal of Management Education and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship
and has had 22 refereed case studies published in journals; several of which he has won awards and honors for.

Recently, Gilinsky was awarded the 2012 Best Case Award from the North American Case Research Association, along with Noorein Inamdar of San Jose State University, for their case, "Good Hotel: Doing Good, Doing Well?"

The case -- which was chosen as one of the top three submissions from among sixty-five cases presented at the Association's 2010 conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee -- described the implementation of strategic corporate social responsibility at Good Hotel in San Francisco.

When in class, he utilizes his cases as a teaching aide. "Armand's cases challenge students to consider issues of social importance such as sustainability, diversity, ethics or corporate governance," said one of his colleagues. "These cases truly challenge a student's understanding of the course material and critical thinking skills."

"Their logic and analytical skills are honed by wrestling with the issues presented in cases," observed a business colleague. Students also benefit because they have opportunities to be involved in the development of new cases by helping him with research.

Aside from publishing studies, Gilinsky enjoys sharing his expertise with others and has attended over 80 academic conferences and community engagements throughout the years. He has also spoken to the crowd at the SSU Commencement for several years including last year's ceremony.

"During the entire time that Dr. Gilinsky has been at Sonoma State University he has been a prolific scholar and outstanding teacher and is known for his enduring support of students and colleagues alike," said another one of his colleagues.

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